Improving Academic Performance

The Motivation to Learn: What Inspires It?

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

Have you ever wondered what motivates students to learn something new, especially when the subject or material might be rather complex or difficult? What helps students stay focused, engaged, excited, and diligent? According to data gathered from various schools and grade levels, there are three major areas that impact a student’s likelihood to stay motivated and tackle complicated subject matter.

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Tags: study skills, improve your grades, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, improving academic performance, motivation, motivating students

Breaks, Mini-Tests, and Multi-Task Avoidance: Three Ways to Study Better

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 09:40 AM

Few people like to do homework or study for a test. But it’s obviously important to do these things to perform well in school. And if you must engage in these activities, you might as well be as efficient and productive as possible. You want to get as much benefit from each hour you invest in studying as possible.

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Tags: study skills, improve your grades, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, time management, Brain Rules, improving academic performance

Distracted? How to Develop a Focused Study Plan

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 08:43 AM

So you want to learn how to study better and use your time wisely and effectively? You’ve got your books, pen, paper, computer, and mind to dig in for a solid chunk of time and maximize your study period? Well, think of it like exercise. Have you ever gone for a run? The first ten to fifteen minutes can be a real pain, can’t they? But once you get into the rhythm of it and your lungs and muscles are warmed up, it starts to flow. It starts to feel great. It even starts to be fun! And the payoffs are numerous.

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How to Boost Your Reading Comprehension

Posted by Banke Abioye on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 @ 09:43 AM

Reading comprehension is one of those critical skills that you use on a daily basis. Many may think that simply reading will help strengthen their reading comprehension skills, but that isn’t necessarily true. Reading comprehension goes beyond reading and understanding the words that make up a sentence. Reading comprehension involves deciphering the topic and purpose of the sentence, paragraph, or article at hand. Without reading actively -- that is reading, remembering, and analyzing what you’ve read -- your reading comprehension skills won’t improve very much. So, how can you learn to read actively? Take a look at the tips and strategies listed below to learn how to read actively.

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Tags: study skills, GMAT reading comprehension, Reading Comprehension, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, improve test scores, ACT/SAT study skills, improving academic performance

The Classes That Scare You: Developing growth mindset around challenging subjects

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

We all have those pesky negative beliefs around certain subjects or classes at school: I’m a bad writer! I’ll never understand math! Learning a foreign language is impossible! Though certain classes may be more challenging than others, clinging to negative generalities about anything, especially education, doesn’t serve us.

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Tags: brain science, growth mindset, study skills, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, improve test scores, Brain Rules, improving academic performance

Improved Performance through Better To-Do Lists

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

In this article I want to discuss two key elements of achieving improved academic performance (or performance at work or in any given area of your personal life, for that matter), and how a simple but powerful system for managing your to-do list can address each element:

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Tags: improve study habits, how to study efficiently, productivity, stress reduction, to-do lists, organization skills, time management

4 Rules for Improving Academic Performance

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

Based on our work with students every day and in our review of the research on academic performance (and really, any type of performance), we’d encourage anyone wrestling with doing better in school, preparing for a standardized test, obtaining admission to college, graduate school, or business school, to follow four simple rules.

This article will describe these four rules, and also provide links to easy-to-read books that explore each in much more detail.  At the end of the article, we’ll offer a brief summary of how these rules work together to improve academic performance.

Rule #1: Adopt a growth oriented, ownership mindset

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The Underestimated Power of Practice

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

We have all come across genius, people who are exceptional, admirable, and undeniably perfect.  Some have graced our history books and televisions many times over (Einstein, Mozart, Jordan), while others are our neighbors or friends who are just awesome at something - imagine that girl or boy wonder in your AP Physics or English class that seems to immediately understand absolutely everything the teacher says and ace every test. 

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